Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Crossing/High balls

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Michael Burke

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Michael Burke
Name: Michael Burke
City: Stockport
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

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Organisation (Practice Layout & Transition)

Crossing drill progressed into a bit of match relevance


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Claiming high ball

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Claiming high ball

Server throws in a high ball for the goalkeeper to claim


Three repetitions per set, serving from each of the blue cones. Drill to be repeated on the other side


Adaptations (Progressions & Regressions):

Progressions are for the server to move further along the cones

Challenges, Conditions or Targets:


Can the goalkeeper find a good starting position and still deal with all crosses from different distances decisively and effectively

Can the goalkeeper makes good decisions early and be a commanding presence


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Claiming high ball over mannequin

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Claiming high ball over mannequin

Server throws in a high ball for the goalkeeper to claim above the mannequin


Three repetitions per set, serving from each of the blue cones. Drill to be repeated on the other side


Adaptations (Progressions & Regressions):

The goalkeeper is now impeded by the mannequin

Challenges, Conditions or Targets:

Can the goalkeeper still make good decisions. Now the mannequin has been introduced can they still meet the ball at the highest point above the mannequin and apply the relevant principles of:

Setting - not moving too early

Assessing - judging the flight of the ball

Proceeding - timing the decision and choosing whether to catch, punch or deflect


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Claiming high balls in match context

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Claiming high balls in match context

Server delivers in a high ball off the floor from nearer the touchline, so further out in a free kick or corner kick territory for the goalkeeper to claim. Impeded by two mannequins in the area


Three repetitions per set, serving from each of the blue cones. Drill to be repeated on the other side



Adaptations (Progressions & Regressions):

Crossing can be in favor of the goalkeeper and will be delivered in various areas for less predictable service. Could go front post, back post, penalty spot or could be wide of the keeper

Challenges, Conditions or Targets:

Can the goalkeeper deal with each high ball on merit. Depending on what area the ball is coming in and at what sort of height, pace or direction the ball is travelling. Can the goalkeeper collect the cross at the highest point or make the decisions on whether to come and claim the cross or stay set if the ball is too wide for the goalkeeper to claim 

Windy conditions could affect high balls being floated into the box. Can the goalkeeper be patient in judging the flight of the ball


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